Gail Simon, Ph.D.

The Pink Practice
Lenticular Futures

Work: Gail Simon creates study opportunities for organisations and communities particularly on themes of decolonising and depathologising practice. Her areas of specialism include diversity, Intersectionality, autism, virtual realities, and writing for practitioners. Gail is part of establishing Lenticular Futures: Training and Research Centre for Decolonising and Depathologising Practice in the Relational Arts (

Gail also works as practice and research supervisor, trainer and as a systemic therapist. Gail co-founded The Pink Practice (, a LGBTQI+ systemic therapy practice with Gwyn Whitfield in 1990 and it still acts as Gail’s systemic and political home.

Past work includes leading and developing the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at the University of Bedfordshire for ten years; leading and developing masters programmes in research and relationship therapist at the Relate Institute; working as a systemic therapist in the NHS, independent sector and social services with adults, children and families; providing training and supervision to independent and statutory service.

Training: In 1993, Gail qualified in Systemic Therapy with Individuals, Couples and Families at the Kensington Consultation Centre, London and also with a Diploma in Art and Design at London Guildhall University School of Art. In 2010, she was awarded the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice from the University of Bedfordshire and KCC. Gail’s doctoral research explored “Writing (as) Systemic Practice” in which she explored the relational ethics and practice of writing from within professional relationships using inner and outer dialogue in a variety of storytelling forms. 

Writing: Gail has presented and written on the politics of psychotherapy, writing as a method of inquiry and practitioner research. Books include “A Wild Impatience. Critical Systemic Practice and Research”“Systemic Inquiry: Innovations in Reflexive Practice Research” (co-edited) and also “Systemic Therapy as Transformative Practice”  (co-edited with Imelda McCarthy) published through Everything is Connected Press ( Gail is founding editor of Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice and hosts reading seminars, multimedia events, writing workshops.

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